All elections are important. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State of New York will offer voters a choice between voting by mail or in person. Ballots will begin to be mailed in late September.
If you wish to vote by mail, it is highly recommended that you do so early. If you prefer to vote in person, you will have the opportunity to do so on Election Day or taking advantage of early voting. You will be required to wear a mask/face covering and maintain six feet of distance when going to vote.
The following is a list of important dates and deadlines to remember…
Friday, October 9: Last Day to Register to Vote
- If you are unsure of your registration status, you can check your status here.
- Voter registration applications must be postmarked by October 9, 2020 and received no later than Wednesday, October 14th. If you need to register to vote, you can print a Voter Registration Form and mail it to the Board of Elections or you can click here to register to vote online.
Saturday, October 24th – Sunday, November 1st: Early Voting Period
- Early voting hours can be found here. Early Voting Sites will be announced soon. Keep checking here to find your location.
Tuesday, October 27th: Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an Absentee/Vote By Mail application. Please be warned that despite this deadline, the Post Office has advised they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.
Click here to request an Absentee/Vote By Mail ballot online.
Monday, November 2nd: Last day to apply in-person for an Absentee/Vote-by-Mail ballot.
You can track your absentee ballot by using the NYC Board of Election’s (BOE) new tracking system. The tracker will confirms if the BOE received your ballot request, mailed your ballot, accepted your ballot or let you know how to fix your ballot if it wasn’t accepted.
Tuesday, November 3rd: Election Day
- Polling places are open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you plan to vote in-person, you can find your polling location here.
- Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd, and reach the Board of Elections no more than 7 days after the election.
Registered voters do not need to show ID to vote, unless they did not provide identification with their registration.
First time voters must provide identification either on or with their voter registration application. If you have not provided ID by Election Day, you are still allowed to vote by affidavit ballot, but not using the poll site scanner.
Acceptable ID includes entering one of the following on your Voter Registration Application:
- Driver’s license number
- Non-driver’s ID number
- Last four digits of your social security number
If you do not provide your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you can include a copy of any of the following documentation with your registration application:
- Current and Valid Photo ID
- Current Utility Bill
- Bank Statement
- Government Check or Paycheck
- Government Document that shows Name and Address
Become a Poll Worker
New York is experiencing a critical shortage of poll workers due to COVID-19. If you are interested in becoming a Poll Worker for Early Voting or Election Day Voting, please click here for additional information.